Pay it forward

Story by: Lauren Pilkington, staff writer

March 30 of 2016 was the start of a new change of heart. The Old National Bank hosted a “Pay It Forward” contest to see who was giving back to their community the most in Indiana. The finalist received $5,000, the runner-up got $2,000 and third place won $1,000. The bank participated too by paying for some people’s groceries and giving back to surrounding communities. After weeks of voting the tallies are in:

First Place went to Sara Woolum, a seventh-grader who was raising money for Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center. She will be donating the money to the center, because it helps children who are victims of sexual abuse.

Fortville’s very own Ten West Center for the Arts won Runner-Up. Ten West continually hosts children’s art classes, teaches taekwondo, and puts on musicals for the community  to attend.

Andrew Okerson the owner of Ten West said, “We are using the money we won to hopefully install a handicap ramp to the front of our building in the near future.”

Jessica Holden won $1000 and she will be donating her money to the Ronald McDonald House. After she lost her own son, she has been connected with the charity to help families who are going through the illness of a child.

The Adventures of Dog Leg: Bake sale and a musical

Photos by: Claire Dorsch, Features Editor

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Dog Leg had a busy weekend. First there was the Best Buddies 3V3 tournament where Dog Leg helped the newspaper staff sell baked treats.

Dog Leg at Seussical

Later, Dog Leg headed to Ten West to catch a sold-out production of Seussical, the Musical. Dog Leg thought the performance was delightful.

Penny wars made cents

Story by: Allison Yoder, staff writer
Photo by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

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This past February, Mt. Vernon High School held the Penny Wars, which raised money for Riley Children’s Hospital, and gave interesting prizes to the winning class, including the privilege of getting to eat lunch outside for the entire fourth quarter. Usually this is a very competitive week at Mt. Vernon. This year, the donations were steady.

As NHS members were walking around the cafeteria, reminding everyone of Penny Wars, they stopped at each table to explain a little tidbit to students about where the donations would go and how good of a cause this was. They explained that throughout the week, the money raised was growing steadily. They stated that last year they raised over $1,000, and hoped to raise that or more this year.

“Penny Wars was pretty successful. We raised over $1,000, but it was definitely not as good as past years,” said Lauren Matson, 12.

Mt, Vernon High School fortunately pulled out with a good amount of donations. In the end, the fundraiser was a success. The senior class won by a landslide, and NHS ended up raising $1,241.39, with $1,087.52 being donated by the seniors.

Penny Wars made a difference, and helped give to Riley Children’s Hospital. This made the fundraiser a prosperous event.


Hunter Lenk helps the homeless

Story by: Ashley Offenbach, staff writer
Photo by: Caty McGovern, staff photographer

Hunter Lenk

Homelessness is a huge issue in the Indianapolis area, and Hunter Lenk is finding a creative way to solve this problem.

Hunter Lenk is a student from Mount Comfort Elementary school trying to make a difference in his community. He has been collecting blankets for the homeless and is bringing them down to the homeless at the end of the month. Hunter and his family have created a non-profit organization that is called ¨Hunters Hugs.¨ This is where Hunter collects any blankets, from adult to children, and donates them to the homeless.

There have already been over 125 blankets collected, and after donating them to the homeless, the remaining blankets will be donated to Wheeler Mission, an organization that helps the homeless and hungry in Indianapolis.

According to Hunter´s mother, Jordan Kiser, ¨Social media through Facebook this year has been tremendous this year. We met a lady from Anderson who donated 25 blankets.¨

Hunter came up with this idea last year with his step-mother because he wanted to make a difference in his community, and wanted to be known for giving.

He said, ¨When we’re all cold, they have to be really cold.¨

When he wanted to help the homeless, Hunter put his mind to work. He wanted to help and he knew that when we are cold we have a way to become warmer, the homeless did not have any solution for cold winters. He wanted to create a solution for them that solved their issue and helped them to be warm when the weather is cold.

This organization was started in December 2015 and has already grown very quickly. Now, Hunter is not only a student from elementary school, but a kid who has made dreams come true and created a solution for a huge problem in the Indianapolis area.

Next year, Hunter and his family hope to include not only blankets, but hats and gloves as well.

Ragu for Riley

Photo provided by: Lily Erlewein

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People who stopped by Ragu for Riley before the basketball Homecoming game on Friday, January 15th, not only got some tasty pasta, but also helped NHS raise $1092.07. This brings the total money raise for Riley Children’s Hospital so far this year to $1592.07.

NHS will continue to raise money for Riley by participating in the Riley Dance Marathon in April.

Socktober is here


Did you know that socks are the least donated clothing item? With fall in full swing and winter quickly approaching, local shelters are in desperate need of clothing donations.

In order to help fill this need, National Honor Society is collecting new socks that will be donated. Students should bring in new, packaged socks to their first block classes. Donations will be accepted through Friday, November 6.

As an added incentive, NHS is offering a donut party to the class that brings in the most socks.

Want to learn more about Socktober? Check out this video by Kid President. 

Dancing for a cause

Story by: Ryan Dockery, News and Copy Editor
Photo by: Baylie Clevenger, Photo Editor

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The Mt. Vernon Riley Dance Marathon was held on April 11 and helped to raise $8,246.12 for Riley families. The event was run by National Honor Society and was coordinated from the beginning of the year.

The event featured some performers from MV including MV’s a capella group, Locked Out, as well as other solo performers such as Rylie Gendron and Jake McCarty.

“Riley Dance Marathon was a very cool experience and I enjoyed seeing come together to support a great cause,” said Ashley Fritz, 11, “Riley Hospital is very dear to my heart and it was amazing seeing our community come together.”

Other events at the event included a bounce house, a cake walk, and cornhole. With faces tattooed with Riley stickers, many participants hit the dance floor to show their support for Riley kids.

Mt. Vernon is not the only school with a dance marathon. In fact, many schools including Purdue, Ball State, and Indiana University have marathons, some of which include 24 hours of dancing.

The idea is that people at the marathon will dance and have fun on behalf of the kids who may not be able to do that because they are ill. Next year, NHS is hoping to have an even bigger event with an even bigger turnout and revenue for Riley Children’s Hospital.